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Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon

Wole Talabi



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08 August 2023
Yoruba gods liberating a Nigerian artefact from London's British Museum, this is a heist novel filled to the brim with magic.

Shigidi is a disgruntled nightmare god in the Orisha spirit company, reluctantly answering the prayers of his few remaining believers to satisfy the demands of the company board. When he meets Nneoma, a sort-of succubus with a long and secretive past, everything changes.

Together, they attempt to break free of their constraints and live on their owns terms. But the elder gods have other plans for Shigidi, and the Orisha Spirit Company is not so easy to leave. The chairman has a final job for Shigidi and Nneoma, one that will take them to the very heart of the British Museum.

From the boisterous streets of Lagos to the rooftop bars of Singapore and the secret spaces of London, Shigidi and Nneoma will encounter strange creatures, rival gods and manipulative magicians as they are drawn into a spectacular heist that spans two realms . . . and which could turn their own worlds upside down . . .

A magical heist novel that will take you deep into the heart of the British Museum. This is a contemporary fantasy that's perfect for fans of P. Djeli Clark, Nnedi Okorafor and Neil Gaiman.

Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   380g
ISBN:   9781399615662
ISBN 10:   1399615661
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

WOLE TALABI is an engineer, writer, and editor from Nigeria, whose stories have appeared in Asimov's, F&SF, Lightspeed and several other places. He has edited three anthologies: Africanfuturism (2020), Lights Out: Resurrection (2016) and These Words Expose Us (2014). He has been a finalist for multiple awards, including the Nebula Award (2023), the Jim Baen Memorial Award (2022) and the Locus Award (2021), and he has won the prestigious Caine Prize (2018) as well as the Nommo Award (2022). His work has been translated into Spanish, Norwegian, Chinese, Italian, Bengali, and French, and his collection Incomplete Solutions (2019) is published by Luna Press. His novel Shigidi is forthcoming from DAW books and Gollancz in 2023, and in his spare time he likes scuba diving, elegant equations, and oddly shaped things. He currently lives and works in Malaysia.

Reviews for Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon

If you're into reclaimed African artifacts in a high stakes art heist with demons and ancient African gods and a tangled love stroy and more tangled bureaucracy, with extra Aleister Crowley as sidekick, (and honestly, who isn't?) Wole Talabi's debut Shigidi is terrific * Lauren Beukes * A high octane thriller that is simply unputdownable. Talabi deftly weaves different mythos spanning centuries across continents and borders to create a truly fantastical story. Gods, demons, magicians, giants, all jostling for power and prestige within an all too human story. This remarkable debut rocked my world * T.L. Hunchu *

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